Akira Torrijos

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Visual Instructor

AKIRA TORRIJOS was born in Modesto, California, and holds a degree in Computer Science from UC San Diego.

After performing Fever Drum and bugle corps in 2006 through 2007, Akira went on to march with the Mandarins in 2008 and then the Bluecoats in 2009, where he was recognized as Rookie of the Year. He continued as a euphonium player with Bluecoats until aging out in 2011. Akira has also performed as a cymbal player with a number of WGI groups, including Propel Percussion, Freelancers, Pulse Open, and Pulse Percussion.

Akira served as a visual instructor for the 2013 Bluecoats, and is currently on staff at Pulse Percussion. In addition, he has worked as a consultant for groups in the Northern California area such as Monte Vista High School and Impact Percussion. Currently, Akira has worked as visual instructor and movement specialist for the marching and winter programs at Pacific High School since 2012.

Chyann Figueroa

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Front Ensemble Instructor

CHYANN FIGUEROA performed with Pacific Crest, The Academy, and The Blue devils. She aged out of the Blue Devils in 2014 and served as their Front Ensemble Section Leader. Her performance career also includes five seasons with the RCC Indoor Drumline (2011 – 2015), where she has served as its Front Ensemble Section Leader since 2014.

Chyann is in the process of transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she plans to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. 

She is a sought-after educator, having taught at a number of award-winning high schools, including Woodbridge (Irvine, CA), Fountain Valley, and Valencia (Placentia, CA).  

Miguel Guaderrama

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Tenor Instructor

MIGUEL GUADERRAMA has been performing and teaching for two decades. He preformed with Pacific Crest and Blue Devils, as well as the World Class Drumline at Riverside Community College. He was a recognized leader in all three programs.

Miguel also has a love for Latin percussion, and has experience drumming in venues around the world. He started his professional career with BD Entertainment, and has gone on to perform at Disneyland (Anaheim, CA), Ariel Experience, Tokyo Disneyland, and Universal Studios Japan. He has also preformed on live broadcasts, including The Jerry Lewis Telethon and The American Music Awards with Enrique Iglesias.

Miguel’s passion for teaching stems from his desire to give back to the marching and Latin percussion communities. He has educated and trained high school musicians at Cerritos, Ayala, Sunny Hills, Downey, and Diamond Ranch High Schools. He has also taught at Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps and Blue Devils B Drum and Bugle Corps.

Brandon Gedalje

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Snare Instructor

BRANDON GEDALJE, at the age of 15, began his drum corps career playing snare drum with the Concord Blue Devils “B” Drum & Bugle Corps (2008-2011). He continued on to perform with the Blue Devils “A” Corps (2012-2014). He served as section leader for both corps. Brandon was also a member of the 4-time WGI championship RCC Drumline in 2012.

Not limited to competitive drum corps, Brandon Gedalje also performed as member of BD Entertainment – a nationwide network of performers that supplies entertainment for professional sports teams and companies such as Pixar Studios, Nike, and Twitter.

In addition to teaching the percussion section at Valencia High School in Valencia, CA, Brandon is also a clinician for System Blue.

Chris McCoy

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Baritone/Euphonium Instructor

CHRIS McCOY began his drum corps career in 2000 as a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. In 2002, he performed on euphonium with the Santa Clara Vanguard. Then in 2003, he helped bring drum corps back to his home town of Modesto as a charter member of Fever, where he performed until aging out in 2005.

In 2006, Chris served as the Fever’s Brass Caption Head. The corps’ last year of operation was 2007. He then went on to teach brass for the Sacramento Mandarins in 2007, and served as their Brass Caption Head from 2009 through 2011.

Chris is an active member of the instructional community of the Central Valley and has worked with a number of high schools, including Beyer, Ceres, Modesto, Johansen, Davis, Los Banos, and Lynbrook. His work has spanned a variety of captions, from visual instruction, to teaching brass and percussion, to arranging and composing. Chris has also composed at the college level, most notably the University of Arkansas, Conway.

Chris is the co-founder of Impact from Ceres, CA, a WGI Independent A class percussion ensemble, where he serves as Arranger and Program Coordinator He is completing his degree in Music Education from CSU Sacramento, where he studies Trombone with professor is Mr. Joel Elias, and performs with the University ensembles and BD Entertainment.

Pablo Rodriguez


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Cymbal Instructor

PABLO RODRIGUEZ spent his high school years performing trumpet in the concert band and snare drum in the marching band. He first played cymbals as a member of Pulse Percussion in 2009, and went on to perform with the RCC Marching Band and RCC Indoor Percussion (2010 – 2014). He spent the 2012 season with The Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, where he received the Outstanding Cymbal Player Award presented by The Avedis Zildjian Company.

Pablo teaches at a number of local high schools, including Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside King, Upland, Sierra Vista, and Rowland. He also serves as a cymbal instructor for RCC Marching Band and the RCC Indoor Percussion program.